Notes: Engine cradle rot is a serious problem in the 2004-05 Chrysler Pacifica. Chrysler admits they didn't apply enough coating to the vehicle's sub-frame during assembly, but only offered to cover a very small portion of the vehicles they messed up.

So what happens when your engine cradle rots? Well, the engine could fall out for starters. It could also cause problems with the suspension and other components but did I mention THE ENGINE CAN FALL OUT? The worst part is you might not know because there's no way to see the problem without getting under the car.

If you have a 2004-05 Pacifica, make sure to have your mechanic inspect your sub-frame for rust and corrosion.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,851 miles

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 8 of 8)

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problem #6

Oct 142009


  • 87,500 miles


I own a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica that was bought brand new in October 2004. In October 2009, I was driving home during afternoon rush hour. I noticed my car smoking and attempted just to make it home. About 20 minutes later, my car began to hesitate and turned off once or twice when I stopped at stop lights. Eventually, the car shut down completely on a major thoroughfare and would not restart. After being towed to the nearest dealership, I discovered that the radiator hose had been blown off and a hole basically ripped in the coolant jug as a result. Repair cost: $564. Prior to releasing the vehicle, the service technicians noticed how loudly and roughly the car was running and did further tests, to discover that the motor mounts are broken and in need of repair, which caused the problem that I paid nearly $600 to fix. Projected cost: An additional $900. That's a total of $1500 for a four-year-old car!!! I've searched and have seen numerous reports of repeated motor mount breaks and problems. Called Chrysler who basically is turning a blind eye to the numerous complaints.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #5

Apr 152009


  • 82,144 miles
2005 Chrysler Pacifica with 82,144 miles; broken motor mounts with failure of both front axles and tie rod ends.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #4

Jan 242007


  • miles
I purchased a 2005 Pacifica touring with AWD in the summer of 2006. Three times my car has had difficulties when there was a dusting of snow blowing over the road. The 1st incident was on Jan. 24 2007, the front end of my vehicle started to lose control and finally I went into a spin. I was in the left lane of a 2 lane road heading South. My car spun in front of the vehicle in the right lane, through the ditch, and finally ended up in the trees on the other side of the ditch. I suffered only minor injuries-neck sprain, but I took out a highway sign and a tree. Damages to my car totaled over $11,000, I got it back from the body shop 1 month after the accident. The 2nd time I was by myself, the 3rd time I had my 1 year old daughter in the back seat, both times I wasn't driving fast, the second time it kept swaying even after slowing down to 30 mph. This has caused me a lot of concern so my husband started having to drive me to work during the winter months. Now we are planning to sell the Pacifica because of the poor gas mileage. I don't feel comfortable selling this vehicle without reassurance that there's nothing wrong with it. Recently the front end has started to make noise every once in a while also. It makes a low thudding sound that makes my ears feel like they're going to pop. My husband tried putting the car in neutral and turning the ignition off, but it still kept making the noise. It first started about 2 months ago and I've heard it three times, we've also had problems with the blinkers failing to turn off.

- Mora, MN, USA

problem #3

Sep 102005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,826 miles


My problems began on 10/03/05 @ 2,826 miles. Since that time there have been a litany of problems through eighteen months. Wheel sensors -6 were replaced. Front end noise like a rubbing sound. Returned to dealer several times. Accelerator sticking. Returned to dealer several times each time they lubricated the linkage but after two weeks the problem continued. At this point nothing else was done concerning the accelerator. Next, problem a defective axle, replaced. Power module replaced. Doors would not lock and car would not start after installation of the power module. The car had to be towed to the dealer. It was repaired. Parking brake assembly fell apart in the rear brakes as I was driving down the highway. Parking brake assembly replaced by the dealer. Front end vibration again brought to dealers attention. Another wheel sensor replaced. On 5/24/07 brought my Pacifica back to the dealer concerning the front end noise. They replaced the power steering pump on 5/30/07. On 6/04/07 returned to the dealer noise in front end still there. Also, the accelerator still sticks. Concerning the front end noise, they said that a power steering line was leaking and they repaired it. The accelerator butterfly was finally replaced after over a year of complaints. On 6/08/07 I returned the car because of the same noise in the front end every time you turn left or right. At this point they decided to replace the steering rack. I picked up the car on 6/14/07 the vibration rubbing noise was still there. I returned to the dealer on 6/15/07. The service manager told me that they could not fix the car and to take the car home and wait for Chrysler to call. It has now been 6 weeks and they have not called. I have called the dealer several times for up dates, they say that they do not have any information. Chrysler's letter, dated 6/26/07 states, " we consider this matter closed, " even though the car has still not been repaired.

- West End, NC, USA

problem #2

Aug 162005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,267 miles
The passenger side and driver side lower control arms have both been replaced within one month of each other. Car still shimmies and steering wheel vibrates on speeds over 50 mph. I thought that by replacing the lca's it would resolve this issue, but now I feel less safe in this vehicle, especially on the highway. Called Chrysler, E-mailed Chrysler numerous times regarding this vehicle. Asked that it be replaced under the lemon law or shaken faith doctrine, but as of now, no offer of replacement. Had this vehicle 86 days, and it has been out of service for 26 of them/ 30% plus of the time. Have already filed 3 previous complaints with NHTSA.

- Longmeadow, MA, USA

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problem #1

May 232005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,804 miles
Popping/clicking upon turning, stopping, taking off- had car just 2 days and had to bring back to dealer- read all of the service bulletins, and safety recalls, defects and complaints - found it to be the power transfer unit - ptu - seems that this is a problem with 2005 pacificia's. dealer had 3 days. Internal side molding on psg 2nd door defective / pulling away from frame / exterior back black panels faded already/ wet carpet on driverside floor - smells/mildew car is new!

- Longmeadow, MA, USA

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